2019 Smart Home Survey

There are now 15 MILLION ‘smart homes’ in Britain!

A poll of 2,000 adults found 57 per cent of homes now have some sort of smart device to control appliances such as the lights, security, kettle or vacuum cleaner.

More than four in 10 adults use smart technology to work the television, while a further one in three often control their music with a gadget.

And while the majority of smart home owners use their tech while inside the property, more than one in six use the smart tech remotely – to set the heating or put on the kettle before returning home – daily.

Forty five per cent of those polled have every intention of making their home even smarter, with half of adults believing this will save them time and money in the long run.

And many are dreaming of a future which will include self-cleaning toilets and carpets, and an oven which can cook multiple items at different temperatures at the same time, as well as turning itself off when the food is ready.

The research was carried out to mark the start of Smart Home Week, which runs 20th to 26th May,  supported by leading brands including, Amazon, Google, Yale, Philips Hue, Ring, Samsung SmartThings, tado and Swinton Insurance.

TV and social media tech guru Jason Bradbury, who is fronting the campaign said: “Smart tech is no longer just for gadget lovers; homeowners are starting to realise that technical updates are making homes cheaper and more efficient to run than ever before.

“As such, even those who aren’t entirely comfortable with fancy gadgets are starting to spend their money on technology to improve the home.

“Adults are coming to realise smart technology can reduce energy consumption, save money, offer unprecedented levels of security, and convenience.”

Researchers found adults love the idea of being able to boil the kettle by voice request, have bins which empty themselves and lights which switch off automatically when you fall asleep.

A music system which lowers the volume of the music in response to someone knocking on the front door and a hairdryer which dries hair in less than two minutes are also among the smart tech Brits want to see invented.

While others want gadgets to stop their other half snoring, machines which feeds the pets and hangs up the clothes thrown on the floor – and drawers than can pair socks.

The study shows a third of adults already have a smart door bell, 33 per cent own app-controlled exterior cameras and 17 per cent have app-controlled locks.

In terms of future investments, across the next 12 months a third of Brits will be purchasing smart light bulbs, one in 10 want a robot vacuum cleaner and 24 per cent intend to buy a smart speaker.

More than a fifth of adults will be looking to update their homes with smart lights, thermostats, and security cameras.

Saving the environment has been cited as one of the reasons to invest in smart technology by three in 10 adults, while 22 per cent just like the idea of having fewer items on their daily ‘to-do’ list.

But two thirds of Brits think smart technology is currently too expensive, and the price should be lowered for those wishing to invest.

In addition, four in 10 adults believe home insurance should be reduced if they have made the step towards being savvier with home tech.

Jason Bradbury said, “Through partnering with some of the leading names in the smart technology industry, Smart Home Week will offer unparalleled advice and information on all smart tech available. Helping to simplify usage and understanding of smart home technology can ensure the products are accessible for all.”

TOP 30 DESIRED SMART HOME ADDITIONS

  1. A toilet which cleans itself
  2. A carpet which cleans itself
  3. An oven which can cook separate items of foods at different temperatures at the same time
  4. Control heated flooring throughout the house
  5. An oven which turns itself off when sensing dinner is cooked
  6. An oven which turns itself off when your food is cooked
  7. A wardrobe which cleans, irons, folds your clothes and puts everything away colour co-ordinated
  8. Boil the kettle by voice request
  9. Bins which empty themselves
  10. Vacuum cleaner which runs when the house is empty
  11. Open the curtains / blinds by voice request
  12. A bin to tell you what you can recycle and what you can’t
  13. A music system which lowers the volume of the music in response to the telephone ringing / someone knocking at the door
  14. Fridge being able to tell what food has run out and create a shopping list
  15. Lights to switch off automatically when you fall asleep
  16. TV/tablet to switch off automatically when you fall asleep
  17. A bed which makes the sheets with a click of a button
  18. A hairdryer which can dry hair in under two minutes
  19. A fridge which tells you how long your food will stay fresh for
  20. Windows which change colour/ hence no need for curtains
  21. A gadget which can stop the other half snoring
  22. Microwave which monitors food temperature
  23. Floor lighting which moves with your step – so you can navigate the room in the dark without waking a partner
  24. A robot butler to change the bedsheets
  25. A monitor to tell you the weather forecast when you open your curtains
  26. A smart meter to tell you when your house needs a clean and where
  27. A bath which creates the optimum temperature based on your mood
  28. Drawers that can pair socks together – no more odd socks
  29. A machine which hangs up the clothes you throw on the floor
  30. A machine to feed your pet automatically

A survey of 2,000 UK adults was carried out by OnePoll, a member of ESOMAR, May 2019 on behalf of Smart Home Week.